There are over 200 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Trinidad and Tobago.

Of this number, 60 have been diagnosed in women who are pregnant.

Health Minister Terrence De-yal-singh said 59 cases had been recorded in Trinidad, and one in Tobago.

In seeking to reassure the infected people that every possible measure was in place to ensure they received the necessary treatment, De-yal-singh has maintained his confidence in the specialist team assembled by the Ministry of Health to oversee the diagnosis and treatment of pregnant people.

Pressed to say if ultrasounds had revealed any of the foetuses contracting microcephaly as a result of the mother being diagnosed with Zika, Deyalsingh said, “So far, there is no risk of microcephaly in any of the cases.

Microcephaly is a medical condition where babies’ heads are abnormally small.

Adopting a proactive stance in April, a specialist committee was set up to develop specific processes and procedures to respond to the diagnosis of the Zika virus in patients, with special attention being paid to pregnant women and developing fetuses.

The committee is set to meet later this week to discuss how they can strengthen operating procedures.